Sunday, 2 November 2014

Christmas. Yes, I concede.

Usually I try not to acknowledge Christmas until after Bonfire Night. Pumpkins, bonfires, fireworks and tinsel just don't go together in my head. I have tried to drown out that our church choir has been rehearsing Christmas music since not long after Easter, and that the shop began selling Christmas gift wrap last week. But when it got to 11pm on Halloween night after a cosy evening of ghost TV and candles, with the crop the next day and having done not a moment of packing or planning, I found the cutest set of door wreath cards on Pinterest. That was it, I was hooked. Another one for Fiona's SIPIDI!

I'm not getting much crafting done since I started work, but yesterday was our monthly Bristol Scrappers crop, and despite having to share the hall with a team of noisy stage builders, I managed 4 of these identical cards. The door is made from a Memory Box window die, but I cut it about and discarded most of the important bits, and I think it looks a lot like a door.

I'm entering it into Less Is More's non-traditional Christmas card challenge. It's simple, but I just hope it is clean enough after I added the faint stone stamping to make the wall. I'm sure Chrissie and the team will tell me if I've made it too busy!

It is also for Simon Says Stamp's "anything" challenge, Cute Card Thursday's "razzle dazzle" (is the Ice Stickles glittery enough? It's much more glittery in real life, I promise) and Pixie's Crafty Workshop's "snippets" challenge. Seriously Di, you should have seen me taking my bits of leftover white card onto the kitchen worktop where my noise wouldn't matter so much, and bruising the back AND front of my left hand punching out all those branches. That is, until I was requested to "move over" from my approximately 1 square foot of space to make room for the stage builders to have their coffee...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sending hedgehugs

Look! Aren't these darling?


When I saw these adorable stamps from Lawn Fawn, I fell ears over fluffy tail in love. I showed them to my wildlife-loving DH and he said Get Them. I said But and he interrupted Get Them. So I did, along with the Into the Woods stamp and die set.


I didn't get the dies that will cut these darling hedgehogs out - I decided that I was proficient enough with a pair of scissors to manage that one by myself, and put the money towards this feathers set instead.


But I digress, in my enthusiasm! I wanted the hedgehugs set for my brother-in-law, who is a particular fan of "hodgepogs". Here's the card he got, and it got a nice grin out of him, so I was a happy squirrel. I used this week's sketch from Sketch Saturday. Cute eh?


And for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week of "kraft", I am entering this simple little regrets card that I made in response to an invitation to our friends' baby's christening. It's such a shame that we couldn't go, but the sentiment was spot on for it.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

World card-making day

World card-making day was last Saturday, which was the day of our monthly crop. I managed 3 completed cards and 2 more that just have to have a finishing greeting on them.

This worky stuff is getting in the way of my crafting though. For CASology's "chocolate" challenge I made a lovely chocolate cupcake card, and then didn't get round to this post until after it had finished. D'oh. I think I might be able to adapt it for this week's "splatter" challenge though, if that is allowed! 

I did manage to get these posted in time. This one is for Less Is More's "autumn" and Pixie's Crafty Workshop's "snippets" challenges, and for Papertake Weekly, whose challenge this week is a nice broad "anything":


For Simon Says Stamp's "transport", Cute Card Thursday's "spots'n'dots" and Sketch'n'Stash's sketch (new = the yellow spotty background paper, bought last week, old and beloved = Kanban's nautical stamps):


Sunday, 21 September 2014

I've got a job!

As you may know, I've been looking for work for months. I've had interviews but someone else, usually a graduate or someone with more recent experience, always got the job. But something finally came through and I'm working part-time, which is why I've been missing in action from my blog. Yesterday DH went to a Hi-Fi show with his friends and I allowed myself a crafting day. You can only imagine how much I enjoyed that if you've been in the same position of not being able to craft for a while. I made 8 cards! Here are some of them.

For CASology's "grass" challenge:


For Less Is More's "face the music and dance" challenge (and yes, thank you, that song has been stuck in my head ever since - I hope you're happy!)


For Cute Card Thursday's "autumn", Papertake Weekly's "punch it out" and Pixie's Crafty Workshop's "snippets" challenges:


For Sketch'n'Stash's sketch challenge (neglected = dancing paper, new = speech bubble die):


And for Sketch Saturday's sketch challenge:


I'd love another day like that sometime soon, but I suspect it won't be happening for a while. Meanwhile I'm very thankful for it.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Red Arrows

My DH recently went to the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at Fairford with a couple of his friends and his 12 year old god-son. The array of photography equipment that they took with them was eye-popping, and after they got back of course came the task of sorting through the photos. They took over 10,000 photos between them - I swear I'm not exaggerating.

When his god-son's 13th birthday came up, it wasn't difficult to decide on a card, and this week's Sketch Saturday sketch helped it all come together.


I used a free cloud embossing folder that came with a magazine, and which I've been planning to try out for ages. It looks fabulous, doesn't it? The Red Arrows were taken from one of their photos and cut using my Silhouette. How appropriate.

I'm also entering into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge of "anything".

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

It never began life as a rainbow

You know when you wonder what will happen if you try something, and you find the time and the courage to give it a go, and you learn things but don't end up with what you started out to do? That was me yesterday. I was aiming for last week's CASology challenge of "run", and I had the bright idea of letting ink run. Nobody else seemed to have thought of that, and I had until 6pm to make something of it.

I discovered that I had the wrong card-stock, and the wrong ink. The card-stock soaked up the ink like blotting paper. Huh. Well some of it - I had a lovely selection of different inks: Smooch Spritz, Distress Stains and Dylusions mists. I can tell you now - they don't mix! The Smooch smears all over the craft mat and leaves bits of glimmer in splodges. The other inks all bead. And my Evergreen Distress Stain poured out of the dauber in a great whoosh and soaked itself up under my fingernails in a really ghoulish way. I'll have to remember that at Halloween, because 2 showers and many scrubbings later, I still look distinctly oxygen deprived around the extremities.

After dripping and dropping these inks, diluting them, painting them, spilling them, blowing them about with my heat gun and generally making a mess, I decided to cut my losses and just wipe my remaining card-stock over the craft sheet and see what happened. It was nearly 6pm by then and I had waved goodbye to my deadline, so what was there to lose?

I lost last week's challenge, and gained a whole bunch of rainbows, which just happens to be THIS week's challenge. What a coincidence!

I turned one piece into this card for my DH's godson's 8th birthday. He and his black Siamese cat have a special relationship. I cut this little cutie with my Silhouette and not a little trouble, but we got there in the end.


I'm hoping this is CAS enough for:
CASology: rainbow
Less Is More: anything as long as it's CAS
Simon Says Stamp: emboss it (the greeting at the bottom is dry embossed)
Cute Card Thursday: for the birds

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

It's behind you!

It was my niece's 11th birthday yesterday, and I was hard put to think of something suitable for her card. In the past she's been into tropical fish, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, and Moshi Monsters, but this year's craze is loom bands in a big and exclusive way. Really not great for a card subject.

I consulted MIL about it, and she came up with the brilliant idea of the school pantomime "Aladdin trouble" {groan} in which my niece has been playing Widow Twankey - and also Widow Twinkey for some complicated reason that I didn't fully get my head around.

What a great excuse to use my brand new Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6"x6" paper pack! With the aid of on-line colouring pages, my Copic markers and some home printed greetings, my niece got a card which she and her little friend pronounced as "cool". And if that isn't high praise from a pair of tweens, I don't know what is.


Here is the inside. I couldn't resist bringing pantomime humour in somehow.


I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: anything goes
Cute Card Thursday: pretty papers
Sketch Saturday: this sketch